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CBSE Class 8 English Worksheet - Revision (21)
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Section A (Reading)
1. Read the passage carefully:-
Since the lineage of investigative journalism is most directly traceable to the Progressive era
of the early 1900’s,it is not surprising that the President of the United States at that time
was among the first to articulate its political dimension. Theodore Roosevelt called
investigative reporters ”muckrackers”, after a character from John Bunyan’s ”Pilgrim’s
Progress” who humbly cleaned ”the filth of the floor.” Despite the misgivings implied by the
comparison, Roosevelt saw the muckrackers as “often indespensible to the well-being of
There are in the body politic, economic and social, many and grave evils, and their is urgent
necessity for the sternest war upon them. There should be relentless exposure of and attack
upon every man, whether politician or businessman.
Roosevelt recognized the value-laden character of investigative journalism. He perceived
correctly that investigative reporters are committed to unearthing wrongdoing. For these
journalists, disclosures of morally outrageous conduct maximize the opportunity for the
forces of “good” to recognize and do battle with the forces of “evil”.
So, the current folklore surrounding investigative reporting closely resembles the American
ideal of popular democracy. Vigilant journalists bring wrongdoing to public attention. An
informed citizenry responds by demanding reforms from their elected representatives.
Policymakers respond in turn by taking corrective action. Partly a product of its muckracking
roots; this idealized perspective is also an outgrowth of the commonly perceived effects of
exposes published in the year 1970’s.The most celebrated of these exposes were the news
stories that linked top White House officials to Watergate crimes. These stories were widely
held responsible for the public’s loss of confidence in the Nixon administration, ultimately
forcing the President’s resignation.
On the basis of reading the above passage answer the following questions:-
a) The passage suggests that Roosevelt’s choice of name for investigative reporters
reflects his belief that______________________________.
b) The term ’folklore’ and ‘idealized perspective’ suggest that the author of the passage
would agree with ___________________________.
c) The author of the passage refers to the report on the “Watergate crimes” primarily as
an example of ____________________.
d) The phrase ‘unearthing wrong doing’ would imply __________.
e) The brand of journalism discussed in the paragraph is based on the assumption that
Section B (Writing)
2. Draft a poster on the occasion of ‘Women’s Day’furnishing with the slogans in about 50
3. You are Pravin / Prabha. You are sad to think that a number of children are made to labour
at ‘dabhas’ and other eatries and are badly treated. Express your feelings in a diary entry in
about 50-60 words.
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